L.A. Seminar Series

January 19th - 21st, 2015

Universal Hilton Universal City, California
555 Universal City, CA 91608

This series of seminars is aimed at those individuals responsible for theatre design and the planning of day-to-day theatre operations.



  Monday, January 19th
7:00 Welcome Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  (Ballroom C)
  Tuesday, January 20th 
8:30  Breakfast (Ballroom A & B Foyer)
9:00  Welcome - Joe DeMeo, ICTA President
9:15  Keynote John Fithian, NATO President
10:00      Technical Updates
  “Immersive Audio’s Learning Curve”
  Tim Schafbuch, Sales Director, Cinema Americas, Dolby Labs
  Paul Allen, President, Adaptive Technologies Group 
  Bobby Franklin, President, Franklin Designs, Inc.
  Chuck Goodsell, Director, Cinema, JBL Professional
  Rob Standley, Regional V.P., Sales, Klipsch Group
  Mark Mayfield, Cinema Marketing Manager, QSC Audio
  “Lasers” – Joe DeMeo, Director of Sales, Digital Cinema, N.A., Barco, Inc.
   “Worldwide Roundup: Regulatory Reform for LIP Systems”
  Jan Daem, Product Validation Engineer, Barco N.V. Chairman, European Regulatory Sub-Committee & Finance Committee, Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA)
  Pete Ludè,  Senior Vice President for Innovation, RealD Chairman Regulatory Committee, Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA)
11:15 – 11:45    Coffee Break
11:45  “Luxury Seating Considerations”
  “Philosophy, Construction & Design, ADA and Financial”
Adam Peterson, VP - Construction and Presentation Technologies, Galaxy Theatres

12:15 “Live & Pre-Recorded Entertainment: The New Revenue Generator”
  Moderator:  Beth Figge Sr. Sales Manager, N. America Dolby Laboratories
  Tony Adamson Manager Worldwide Strategic Program, DLP Enterprise and Cinema Display Products
Jonathan Ross, Managing Director, ROQ Group and past President of XpanD Content & Distribution
  Bud Mayo, President Alternative Programming & Distribution Division, Carmike Cinemas
  Mark Collins, Marcus Cinemas
Gabriel Morales Becker, Digital Strategy Director, Cinépolis
1:00  Luncheon (Ballroom C)
2:00  “Measuring Movie Loudness”
Ioan Allen, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories
2:45  Exhibitor Roundtable
  Moderator: Michael Archer, VP Worldwide Cinema Sales, Dolby Laboratories
David Pflegl, Carmike Cinemas
  Dan Huerta, AMC Entertainment
  Mark Collins, Marcus Cinemas
3:30 “Cinema Design & Construction in compliance with the NEW ‘Energy Code”
  Moderator:  John Wolski, Vice President, Exhibitor Services, Deluxe Digital Cinema
  Panel:  Mike A. Cummings, AIA, Leed AP Principal, TK Architects, International
  Roger Maddox, Senior Associate and Vice President,
  Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber Inc. Architects, Engineers and Construction Management
4:00 “Immersive Technologies”
  Moderator:  Susie Beiersdorf, V.P. Sales, Digital Cinema Solutions, Sony Electronics
  Panel: Theodore Kim, Senior Vice President, Theatre Relations, CJ 4D Plex
  Heather Blair, Cinema Sales Executive, MediaMation, Inc.
  Frank Tees, Vice President, Technical Sales and Support, Moving Image Technologies
  Michael Paquette, D-BOX Technologies
4:45 Wrap up and Comments on Day 1




Dinner in Hotel
7:30 “Cut To The Chase”
  Trip to UCLA & Presentations
  “Famous Chase Scenes”
  Jess Daily, Motion Picture Projection Services
  “Academy Leader Variations”
  Ioan Allen, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories

(Buses leave the hotel at 6:30pm and return at 9:30pm)
  Wednesday, January 21st 
  8:15 Breakfast
  9:00 Chinese Theatre Tour & IMAX Demo
  Demonstration and presentation of “Barco’s Escape” Cinema of the Future at the Cinemark 18 and XD Theatre at the Howard Hughes Promenade
(Buses leave the Hotel at 8:30am going to the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center)
12:00 NOON  Lunch
1:10   Preview, Annual Convention in Austin, Texas
  Date:  July 12-15, 2014
  Tony Adamson, Worldwide Strategic Prog​ram
  Manager. DLP Cinema® Enterprise and Cinema
  Display Products
1:20 Interview with Mark Christiansen, VP Paramount Pictures
Interviewed by: Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst, Rentrak
2:00  “Cinema IT Systems Outside of the Booth”
  Alan Roe, CEO, Jack Roe USA Inc.
2:30  “Digital Signage”
  Automation & Infrastructure
  Alan Roe, Group CEO, The Jack Roe Companies
  “Digital Solution for Lobbies and ‘Escape’”
  Todd Hoddick, VP Global Entertainment, Barco
  Denys Lavigne, Senior Director, Experience Strategy
  and Creative Services, Christie Digital
 3:30 Manufacturers Presentations
  Paul Marcot, GDC Technology of America
  John F. Allen, High Performance Stereo
  Andrew Stucker, Arts Alliance Media
  Patrick Artiaga, Christie Digital Systems USA
  Vince Power, XPAND 3D (x6d Ltd.)
  Medwyn Gillespie, Dolby Laboratories
  Frank Tees, Moving Image Technologies
  Alan Roe, Jack Roe USA Inc.
  Andrew Kappus, JBL Professional
Michael Paquette, D-Box Technologies Inc.
Mark Mayfield, QSC Audio Products, LLC
Cilnt Koch, USL, Inc.
Joe DeMeo, Barco
Eric Bergez, Oube Cinema, Inc.
Chris Ward, Lightspeed Design, Inc.
4:30  Wrap up and Comments for Day 2                     
  Joe DeMeo, President, ICTA



ICTA Seminar Series Barcelona

June 20th - 21st, 2015

ICTA Seminar Series - Barcelona


Saturday - Sunday June 14th - 15th, 2014

Press Release

Düsseldorf, June 27th, 2014

ICTA Seminar Series Europe in Barcelona to mark another record

With 130 attendees from over 20 countries the 19th ICTA Seminar Series Europe that took place at Cinesa Diagonal Mar cinema in Barcelona on June 14/15 was the most successful seminar edition ever since its first launch nearly two decades ago.

Thomas Rüttgers, International Vice President of the ICTA and host of the last two editions of this event, stated: “ICTA has experienced an extraordinary development in Europe over the last two years. Our member base has nearly doubled and we are proud that we could now create a truly European network to exchange ideas and discuss recent developments in our industry. What’s more, we would like to thank our friends at UNIC and EDCF who again contributed to our program and supported our activities.” 

Having been welcomed by the ICTA president Joe DeMeo, the Saturday afternoon session opened with a panel discussing open standards for immersive sound which was moderated by Julian Pinn, an industry expert with over 20 years of experience in the global motion picture industry and owner and managing director of Julian Pinn Ltd, which provides technical and strategic consultancy services. His speakers were Jan Petersen (Nordisk Film), Brian Claypool (Barco), Dean Bullock (Dolby) and Gérard Loupias (dts). 

The second part of the afternoon looked at the future of the cinema as a special event venue. Alan Roe (Jack Roe USA Inc.) started with an overview of what modern IT cinema infrastructure requires to work effectively. In the following, moderator Till Cussmann and his panelists John Sullivan (The Light Cinemas), Nicolas Hamon (Kinepolis) and Marc Aarts (Barco) gave an insight into the status quo of cinema exhibition from a technical and box office point of view and an outlook on what possibilities modern cinema technology offers for cinemas to remain one step ahead of home entertainment.

On Saturday evening, the ICTA invited the seminar attendees to a cocktail and dinner reception at Mirabé restaurant in the hills of avenida Tibidabo with a spectacular view of the city of Barcelona. On behalf of the ICTA board, Thomas Rüttgers presented this year’s industry award to Kim Pedersen for his outstanding achievements in the cinema industry. Kim is an industry veteran with a long track record in the cinema exhibition industry. He became Denmark’s youngest cinema owner when he took over a worn down cinema in Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark at the age of 20 and opened the first THX-certified multiplex in the country in 1996. In 2000 he sold his company to Nordisk Film Biographer. Today, he is still very active in the industry and is, amongst others, Chairman of the Danish Cinema Exhibitors’ Association and Vice-President of UNIC. 

The Sunday seminar session was opened by Jan Runge, CEO of UNIC and followed by a presentation on the topic “Why films are too loud at “7” by John F. Allen (High Performance stereo). John outlined the fact that, although faders are set at “7” when films are recorded and when cinema sound systems are calibrates and the sound levels should match, properly recorded films could consistently play as much as 3 to 7 dB too loud in theatres and explained the problems and proven solutions for this discrepancy. 

The next panel session was hosted by the EDCF, Peter Wilson. In the first part of the panel Peter looked into projection standards for 2D and 3D presentation and presented some ideas why absolute brightness and contrast ratio were equally important. In the second part of his presentation, Peter was joined by Anne van Es (Eye Institute) and Holger Krahn (Mikrom) who gave an insight into the current developments and challenges involved in film archiving. 

The next panel presentation on alternative content was moderated by Oliver Pasch, from Sony Europe Ltd. Oliver is a globally known and widely recognized expert, especially in the field of projection technology and was joined by the panelists Ioan Allen (Dolby), Tammo Buhren (zweiB) and Chris Mullins (Sony). They outlined the status quo but also trend and tendencies on how to embrace alternative content in a cinema environment. From a practical point of view, Chris presented a brief case study of the recent National Theatre production of “The Warhorse”. 

The pros and cons of new laser or NSH light sources versus current projection technologies using Xenon bulbs as a light source and what cinema operators can expect in the future were outlined by Tom Hardenburger (Philips) and Andrew Gaweda (Barco) in a panel session moderated by Jens Kayser (NEC).

The Sunday afternoon session was closed by a panel on cinema distribution hosted by Jim Slater, editor-in-chief of Cinema Technology magazine. He and his panelists Paul and Cathy Huis in’t Veld (Gofilex), Simon Tandy (Lansat), Fabrice Testa (DSAT Cinema), Keith Schimmenti (CRU) and Rich Phillips (Arts Alliance Media) outlined the pros and cons of the various distribution methods from hard disk drives, via satellite to terrestrial distribution solutions.

About European Cinema Consulting:
European Cinema Consulting (ECCO) based in Duesseldorf, Germany builds the bridge between manufacturers, integrators and exhibitors. As European representative of the ICTA their goal is to strengthen the European network of the cinema industry.



October 27th - 30th, 2014

Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Florida



June 22nd - 25th, 2015

Cetre Convencions International Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain


ICTA Business Retreat

July 20th - 23rd, 2015

ICTA Business Retreat

Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington, D.C.

The International Cinema Technology Association held its’ annual Summer Business Retreat in our nation’s capital last week at the historic Willard InterContinental hotel.  Attendees included ICTA members from all over the US as well as international constituents from Russia, Germany and England.  This three day event included hearing from such notable industry veterans as MPAA President Senator Christopher Dodd and CTO John McCoskey, NATO President John Fithian as well as Neil Campbell from Landmark Theatres in Canada.  Topics of discussion included speakers on premium seating, laser projection an update on digital penetration and what’s new from the cinema manufacturer community.  Attendees also visited the American Film Institute Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Springs Maryland and were treated to a tour of the facility and presentation of notable theater installations in the DC area by Steven Guttag from Cardinal Sound and Motion Picture Systems.   The ICTA also held both a Board and Membership meeting during the week where future decisions regarding additional ICTA worldwide events were discussed.

“I’m delighted with the turn out to our annual summer business retreat,” noted ICTA President Joe DeMeo.  “We specifically targeted our nation’s capital this year in order to attract more attendees from our European base which makes up over 30% of our membership and I’m pleased to say that we accomplished this goal.”    “Having the retreat in DC this year allowed us to leverage our relationships with both NATO and the MPAA” said ICTA Executive Director Robert Sunshine.  “To have speakers from both of these organizations speak to our attendees was a wonderful opportunity for them.”  ICTA Dealer of the Year and Manufacture of the year Awards were presented to Tri State Theatre Supply, Ultra Stereo Labs and the prestigious Ioan Allen award to Beth Figge from Doremi.  Next year’s ICTA Summer Business Retreat will be held in Austin Texas during the week of July 12th 2015.

The International Cinema Technology Association consists of members from the worldwide cinema community in all markets including exhibitors, dealers, manufacturers and service providers.  At 200 members strong, the ICTA holds various events during the year most notably the January Seminar Series held at the Universal Hilton in Universal City in Los Angeles.

President Joe DeMeo and Vice President Mike Archer present the Annual Ioan Allen Award for exemplary service to the ICTA to Beth Figge Pickett of Doremi Labs.
President Joe DeMeo and Kevin Eagle of Cinematronix, last year's winner of the 2012 Rodney Award, present this year's Rodney Award to Kobe Bone of Tristate Theatre Supply Company.
President Joe DeMeo and Joe Delgado of Moving Image Technologies, last year's winner of the 2012 Teddy Award, present this year's Teddy Award to Clint Koch of USL, Inc.




April 20th - 23rd, 2015

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada


CineAsia Convention

December 09th - 11th, 2014

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

December 9 –11th 2014 Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Hong Kong www.cineasia.com Event info will be coming soon, members will be notified on the updated schedule.

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